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Silhouette art installation Mexico 43

Silhouette art installation Mexico 43

University Art Exhibit Honors Mexico's Missing 43

Silhouettes honor violence victims, remind campus they were "students like you"

Forthy-three life-size black silhouettes on SCU's campus bear the names and personal details of the young student teachers from Mexico who went missing in September 2014, and are feared to be dead through political violence. The installation, unveiled at a ceremony Jan. 2, 2016, was produced by College of Arts and Science Associate Dean Stephen Lee. He called the unsolved crime "a multidimensional tragedy," in a San Jose Mercury News article about the installation. NBC Bay Area also covered the solemn ceremony.

The art installation, on display through Jan. 15, was the first of several artistic and educational events on campus designed to honor victims of violence worldwide.

The next event will be a prayer vigil Jan. 7, 5 p.m. at Mission Santa Clara, organized by Campus Ministry and the student club Creating Progress at Home.

Another event, a faculty and student panel Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. in Benson's California Mission Room, will feature experts in Spanish and Latin American studies.

The events will culminate in the world premiere of XLIII: A Contemporary Requiem, which is an organ, voice, electronics and creative-movement production exploring the impact of the events in Mexico. Details are available here.